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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 17II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 17’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 130-1.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonSexstefja

text and translation

Sogns kvôðu gram gegnan
glæst sjau tøgu it fæsta
senn á svipstund einni
Sveins þjóðar skip hrjóða.

Kvôðu {gegnan gram Sogns} hrjóða glæst skip þjóðar Sveins, it fæsta sjau tøgu senn á einni svipstund.
‘They said that the upright lord of Sogn [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr] cleared adorned ships of Sveinn’s people, at least seventy at once, in a single fleeting time.

notes and context

Defeated Danes flee the battle at the Nissan (Niz) estuary by boarding ships that have not been joined together as fighting platforms (or that they have cut free), but at least seventy of Sveinn’s ships are left behind.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

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